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Duck Questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Welshies, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few questions. Also for anyone else that has questions, you can post them here. :)
    What's the best age to butcher a duck?
    When do ducks start laying?
    How successful are nesting boxes?
    Will ducks breed and brood in the fall?
    Thanks everyone. :)
     
  2. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As with all living things, there can be multiple answers. Depending on the breed and size, ducks can be butchered anywhere from two months on...
    Most start laying in the 5-7 month range and they always made nests on the floor (corner) of their coop. They don't seem to want to hop up and use a nesting box.
    While ducks might breed in the fall, they probably wouldn't brood. It seems many breeds no longer go broody, but if you want fall babies you could probably use an incubator.
     
  3. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I have Rouens which I've heard are good, instinctual birds and often brood their ducklings. I'm so excited to get the first egg :)
     

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